All tagged Religion

The Rationale of Jesus’s Opponents

The Genevan reformer, John Calvin, is famous for (among an abundance other things) his assertion that the heart of man is “a perpetual forge of idols.” (55) This oft-quoted line from the eminent French theologian has been verified throughout the ages in mankind’s own hostile disposition towards the things of God. Man’s refusal to accept the authority of God and insistence that he is his own sovereign has led to a bevy of deceitful and corrupt ideologies and philosophies.

The Religio-Political Tenor of the Acts of the Apostles

The undercurrent of the Acts of the Apostles is an uneasy one, to say the least. After the murder of their revolutionary leader, it was thought that Jesus’s disciples would disperse and his teachings dissipate. But, in fact, the exact opposite occurred. Jesus’s message of forgiveness spread like wildfire throughout the known world. The world was subsequently “turned upside down” by the apostles’ doctrine.

A Savior vs. Santa: Merry Christmas, Sinners!

Growing up, I never really believed in Santa Claus. You can call that a parenting travesty if you wish. I don’t, however. I am thankful that it was never instilled in me to believe in this omniscient, omnipresent man who’d reward you on December 25th for all the good you’ve done throughout the past 360-odd days.

A Contradictory Gospel?

The fight to clean ourselves up is a common struggle that paralyzes both believers and unbelievers alike. We’re constantly wrestling with the law of righteousness and where that righteousness is found. By birth, we’re self-saviors.

Sinners in the Hands of a Happy God: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

In 1741, one of the most famous sermons in American history was published, that being Jonathan Edwards’s sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” For better or for worse, though, this sermon remains one of the most famous and widely recognized sermons of all time. Most of the time, though, it is misremembered and misunderstood. The only colloquial knowledge many have is the title and the fact that God is angry with us. It begs the question, then, is that really who God is?

The Necessity for Divine Intervention: A Sermon from Matthew 15

In Matthew 15, Jesus’s disciples are accused of forsaking the law and propagating lawless doctrine. Christ’s response to these accusations isn’t to explain their actions so much as it is to enhance the accuser’s and his disciples’ and, by proxy, our own understanding the law. It is much more rigid than we think. In fact, you might even say, it’s impossible. But, as Christ makes clear, that’s good news.